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Required Financial Literacy Course Gets Second Chance in Florida Senate

The Florida Council on Economic Education says personal bankruptcies have increased 2200 percent in the last 40 years. That’s one reason why the council is leading a campaign called Require The Money Course.

Bills filed in the Florida House and Senate would require high school students to take a one-semester financial literacy course. But with just three weeks left in the legislative session, the proposals (House bill 29 and Senate bill 92)  haven’t been discussed by committees. Now, there’s another option in the Florida Senate to get the [...]

Opinion: Florida Universities Should Invest In More Hands-On Science Lessons

As a physics professor at one of Florida’s public universities, I am always looking for ways to encourage students and their parents to take on the challenge of majoring in science or engineering in college. A few weeks ago, I visited with parents of middle and high school students who attend a science-oriented school near [...]

A Q & A With The University Of Florida’s New President

W. Kent Fuchs is the new president of the University of Florida. During his time at Cornell University, he helped establish a New York City campus.

Three months ago Kent Fuchs became president of the University of Florida, leaving New York’s Cornell University. Fuchs says Florida universities are adding new faculty, but opposition to higher tuition means more pressure to find private donations. The University of Florida is also expanding a new online program, with a goal of eventually enrolling 24,000 [...]

Despite Problems, Experts Say Computerized Testing Is The Answer For Florida Schools

Despite problems with Florida's new exam, testing experts say the state's emphasis on digital lessons mean schools should use computerized testing.

Testing experts say the problems Florida’s has had with its new statewide exam so far are likely not serious enough for the state to consider throwing out this year’s test scores on the Florida Standards Assessments. Earlier this month a software problem meant students had trouble logging onto the writing exam for several days, and [...]

About That 3rd Grade Reading Requirement

Yesterday, a Senate committee appeared to suspend for one year Florida’s requirement that the lowest-performing 3rd graders be held back while the state validates results from its new test. But Senate Education committee chairman John Legg says it’s not that simple. What the committee actually did, Legg says, is put the responsibility on school districts [...]

Project Gives Developmentally Disabled a Chance to Go to College

Quan Jones of Project 10 Stingray works at the marina behind USFSP

A college education is generally considered a student’s best shot at getting a good job these days, and it’s often assumed most high schoolers are prepared to attend college. But there’s one group that has been quietly excluded from that process — students with intellectual disabilities. A program at the University of South Florida St. [...]

Testing, School Choice, PE: A Town Hall Conversation About Florida Education

Rashon and Mr. Brown, two people featured in the documentary "180 Days: Hartsville." Florida public media stations will air the movie this month. Check local listings.

This week, PBS is launching a new documentary series “180 Days.” One of the films focuses on Hartsville, South Carolina, a rural and poor district which has managed to become one of the highest rating school districts according to South Carolina’s ranking. Tampa public media station WUSF hosted a town hall meeting at Artz 4 [...]

Five Questions About Florida’s Testing Problems

Florida students had trouble connecting to the state's new online writing test on Monday and Tuesday. The problems seemed to be fixed by Wednesday afternoon.

Last week, dozens of Florida school districts had to postpone state testing because of problems with the new Florida Standards Assessments. Students couldn’t log in to the online writing exam — and some who did were booted out and temporarily lost their answers. The problems seem to have been resolved Thursday. By Friday, more than [...]

Is Typing A Test A Big Deal For Students?

This year, some students will have to type their responses on the state writing test.

This week Florida students are taking the new Florida Standards Assessments writing test for the first time. The test is online for students in 8th through 10th grade, which has led some to wonder whether it’s fair to ask students to type the exam rather than write by hand? Lawmakers asked Education Commissioner Pam Stewart [...]

School Districts Report Second Day Of Testing Problems

Editor’s note: This story has been updated. For the second day in a row, some Florida school districts decided to suspend required testing because of computer problems. The Florida Department of Education told school leaders this morning that test provider American Institutes for Research had found and corrected the problems that shut down testing Monday. [...]

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